I went inside the NYC napping lounge where people are paying up to $250 a month to nap in dark, private pods at any time of day - here's what they look like

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Nap YorkHollis Johnson/Business InsiderWould you pay up to $250 a month to nap in a pod?

  • A wellness center in New York City aims to "recharge the people who power the world" by giving them a space for an important activity: napping.
  • Nap York is a 24-hour facility in midtown Manhattan that lets people drop in to sleep in pods, from a 30-minute power nap to a multiple-hour slumber session designed for travelers who have layovers at one of the nearby airports.
  • Visitors can pay $15 for a 30-minute nap or up to $250 a month for a membership that includes five naps per week.
  • Studies have shown that naps improve immune health, energy, cognitive function, and emotional control.

A few blocks from Times Square, in the middle of one of New York City's busiest neighborhoods, sits an urban oasis where sleep-deprived New Yorkers can swap their shoes for slippers, drink a cup of tea - and take a nap.

That's the idea behind Nap York, which opened in February, offering 30-minute naps in sleep pods for $10. Seven months later, prices have risen slightly to $15 for half an hour, and there are additional options for monthly memberships.

For $35 a month, you can pop into Nap York for one 30-minute nap per week. The priciest membership is the $250 a month Gold Premium, which includes five naps - up to 90 minutes each - per week. You can also book a longer nap that starts at 3 hours for $50 with each additional hour for $7. Visitors can also take a shower, get a massage, or relax in one of the hammocks on the roof.

Reza Moreno, community director for Nap York, told Business Insider that a large chunk of their visitors are travelers who need a place to sleep for a few hours during their layover at a nearby airport.

But Nap York is not a hotel, she stressed. Visitors can't book multiple long sleep sessions in a row.

"We just give the convenience for those who literally just need a place to bonk out for the night," Moreno said.

During the day, Nap York sees office workers who pop in for a half-hour power nap on their lunch breaks. In the summertime, some sweaty New Yorkers even dropped by just to take a shower before a business meeting.

Here's what it's like inside Nap York.
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Located in Manhattan's bustling Midtown neighborhood, Nap York calls itself "your 24/7 oasis in the middle of the Concrete Jungle." When I got there, I tried to peer in the windows but they were obscured by dark curtains.

Located in Manhattan's bustling Midtown neighborhood, Nap York calls itself "your 24/7 oasis in the middle of the Concrete Jungle." When I got there, I tried to peer in the windows but they were obscured by dark curtains.

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Nap York has had about 8,000 people come in for naps since it opened in February, according to Moreno.

Nap York has had about 8,000 people come in for naps since it opened in February, according to Moreno.

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When you step inside, you're greeted by screens that display the various nap and membership options available. There are also several large plants, which instantly hooked me as a stereotypically plant-loving millennial.

When you step inside, you're greeted by screens that display the various nap and membership options available. There are also several large plants, which instantly hooked me as a stereotypically plant-loving millennial.

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You then walk upstairs to the reception area, called the "Wellness Station," where you trade your shoes for slippers, pay for your nap, and get a buzzer that acts as your alarm clock.

You then walk upstairs to the reception area, called the "Wellness Station," where you trade your shoes for slippers, pay for your nap, and get a buzzer that acts as your alarm clock.

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Before or after their nap, nappers can sit in a moon chair and and enjoy a calming cup of chamomile tea in the greenery-filled lounge area. Before my tour of the facilities, I took a few minutes to relax in a chair and listen to the calming instrumental music that was playing.

Before or after their nap, nappers can sit in a moon chair and and enjoy a calming cup of chamomile tea in the greenery-filled lounge area. Before my tour of the facilities, I took a few minutes to relax in a chair and listen to the calming instrumental music that was playing.

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One of Nap York employees, who are collectively called the "Dream Team," told me the use of a storage locker is included in the price of a nap. There's also a space to store larger luggage.

One of Nap York employees, who are collectively called the "Dream Team," told me the use of a storage locker is included in the price of a nap. There's also a space to store larger luggage.

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The sleep pods are upstairs on two separate floors.

The sleep pods are upstairs on two separate floors.

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Plants are everywhere at Nap York; Moreno told me there are about 500 plants in the space.

Plants are everywhere at Nap York; Moreno told me there are about 500 plants in the space.

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I was surprised at first that everything was painted black — from the plant pots to the walls to the pod's curtains — but it helped maintain a dim, calming atmosphere. There are two types of pods: 28 business class and nine first-class pods. The first-class pods are slightly larger and come with a weighted blanket and an adjustable bed.

I was surprised at first that everything was painted black — from the plant pots to the walls to the pod's curtains — but it helped maintain a dim, calming atmosphere. There are two types of pods: 28 business class and nine first-class pods. The first-class pods are slightly larger and come with a weighted blanket and an adjustable bed.

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The pod area was surprisingly quiet. Nap York's space is soundproofed with upcycled car tires underneath the floors. White noise machines that sound almost like air conditioners also help drown out background noise.

The pod area was surprisingly quiet. Nap York's space is soundproofed with upcycled car tires underneath the floors. White noise machines that sound almost like air conditioners also help drown out background noise.

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When I first peaked into a pod, I was surprised by how large it was. I expected it to be more tube-like, but there was plenty of room for a person to sit up.

When I first peaked into a pod, I was surprised by how large it was. I expected it to be more tube-like, but there was plenty of room for a person to sit up.

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Let's give slides from here through #14 a little more personal context. The pic makes it look sterile -- what was your first impression when you walked up to it?

I was told that Nap York's main demographic consists of travelers who have layovers in nearby airports, but that they're getting more business people who want to take advantage of the membership options. "We have a lot of 'VIP members,' as we call them, who come in Monday through Friday, 30 minutes at a time," Moreno said.

I was told that Nap York's main demographic consists of travelers who have layovers in nearby airports, but that they're getting more business people who want to take advantage of the membership options. "We have a lot of 'VIP members,' as we call them, who come in Monday through Friday, 30 minutes at a time," Moreno said.

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The pods are inspected and cleaned after each use by one of Nap York's employees. The mattresses, from Japanese brand Airweave, are washable and designed to minimize dust and allergens. The mattresses are covered by bed bug-blocking protectors, and professional inspectors visit Nap York each month to ensure the facility is bed-bug free.

The pods are inspected and cleaned after each use by one of Nap York's employees. The mattresses, from Japanese brand Airweave, are washable and designed to minimize dust and allergens. The mattresses are covered by bed bug-blocking protectors, and professional inspectors visit Nap York each month to ensure the facility is bed-bug free.

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For an extra $5 per nap, you can upgrade to a first-class pod that has more headspace, an adjustable bed, and a weighted blanket with linens. "We partner with a lot of sleep doctors so they help us with what it takes for people to fall asleep faster and to get the rest that they need," Moreno said.

For an extra $5 per nap, you can upgrade to a first-class pod that has more headspace, an adjustable bed, and a weighted blanket with linens. "We partner with a lot of sleep doctors so they help us with what it takes for people to fall asleep faster and to get the rest that they need," Moreno said.

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If you choose not to store your shoes and other belongings in a locker downstairs, there's space to put them underneath your mattress in a first-class pod.

If you choose not to store your shoes and other belongings in a locker downstairs, there's space to put them underneath your mattress in a first-class pod.

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The buzzer provided to wake you up after your nap goes off once and then once again after a few minutes to let you awaken slowly. If that doesn't wake you up, a member of the Dream Team will come to gently rouse you from your slumber.

The buzzer provided to wake you up after your nap goes off once and then once again after a few minutes to let you awaken slowly. If that doesn't wake you up, a member of the Dream Team will come to gently rouse you from your slumber.

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Nappers have the option of leaving their phones at the reception desk, but you can also charge your device inside the pod.

Nappers have the option of leaving their phones at the reception desk, but you can also charge your device inside the pod.

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I brought my phone with me because I cannot part with it for even 30 minutes.

I brought my phone with me because I cannot part with it for even 30 minutes.

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Most of the mattresses can adjust the extent to which they recline up and down, and are controlled by this remote.

Most of the mattresses can adjust the extent to which they recline up and down, and are controlled by this remote.

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The ceiling of the first-class pod was covered with twinkly lights to resemble the starry night sky. The lights weren't overly bright, but I turned them off when I was ready to sleep because I prefer complete darkness.

The ceiling of the first-class pod was covered with twinkly lights to resemble the starry night sky. The lights weren't overly bright, but I turned them off when I was ready to sleep because I prefer complete darkness.

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The Dream Team suggests you put the buzzer underneath your pillow, so I did.

The Dream Team suggests you put the buzzer underneath your pillow, so I did.

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The mattress was firm yet comfortable. It was very cool in the pod, so I was glad for the blanket. I'm a light sleeper and rather sensitive to noise, but all I heard as I tried to fall asleep were occasional quiet footsteps passing by my pod. By the time I laid down, I only had about 20 minutes to nap, and I usually don't fall asleep quickly.

The mattress was firm yet comfortable. It was very cool in the pod, so I was glad for the blanket. I'm a light sleeper and rather sensitive to noise, but all I heard as I tried to fall asleep were occasional quiet footsteps passing by my pod. By the time I laid down, I only had about 20 minutes to nap, and I usually don't fall asleep quickly.

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I only ended up sleeping for about five to 10 minutes, but I woke up feeling both relaxed and energized.

I only ended up sleeping for about five to 10 minutes, but I woke up feeling both relaxed and energized.

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As I headed back downstairs, I thought that even if I hadn't managed to fall asleep at all, I would have felt refreshed after spending that time lying down in a dark, quiet space.

As I headed back downstairs, I thought that even if I hadn't managed to fall asleep at all, I would have felt refreshed after spending that time lying down in a dark, quiet space.

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Back at the reception area, a member of the Dream Team offered me a hot towel scented with essential oils and a shot of either green juice or kombucha. I chose the green juice and I did not regret it.

Back at the reception area, a member of the Dream Team offered me a hot towel scented with essential oils and a shot of either green juice or kombucha. I chose the green juice and I did not regret it.

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I don't think my days are grueling enough that I need to pay to take a nap every single day, but I left Nap York glad that I knew it was there in case I ever need a few moments of peace in this crazy city.

I don't think my days are grueling enough that I need to pay to take a nap every single day, but I left Nap York glad that I knew it was there in case I ever need a few moments of peace in this crazy city.
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